The controversial saga surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is unlikely to end before the film eventually releases. The emotion has come into play rather than the film’s objectivity. Afters some random fringe groups decided to protest against the film, leading actress Deepika Padukone helplessly outraged stating that the nation is becoming regressive.
The content of the film has reportedly tormented few groups and individuals of the country. Some have even gone to the heights of threatening to behead the actress, the same individuals who on every other day of the year claims to protect women.
The film-makers never found it easy to complete the film’s shooting as a fringe group people never heard of prior to this – the Shri Rajput Karni Sena – planned to tear down the sets in Rajasthan. Now, other political groups have jumped on to this bandwagon with various states personalities demanding a ban on the movie for its contentious subject and a scene where Rani Padma hooks up with a Muslim King.
The irony is that these people are protesting and ready to behead a citizen for a movie which they haven’t even seen it. Director Bhansali’s assurances that there are no love scenes in the film between Khilji and Rani Padmavati has made a null effect on them.
Bhansali, the film’s director, chose not to stay idle and sought for extra constitutional approval for his movie by scheduling a special screening for senior journalists and other opinion makers in Mumbai which turned out to upset the Union Information and Broadcasting ministry for undermining the authority of the Central Board of Film Certification.
Prasoon Joshi, the chief of CBFC, expressed his disappointment over the producers’ actions to screen it for the media and getting reviewed on national channels without his certification. The tweets regarding the movie by various journalists present on that screening has not gone well with the chief.
With the movie release postponed, it remains to be seen if some fringe group will decide for the public of the country what to watch and what not ?